A few weeks after having the first part of the kitchen installed it was time for stage two!. We decided to use the carcasses of the kitchen cupboards that were already there and the existing sink. The benchtop was laminated chipboard and the doors were vinyl covered MDF. Basically your bog standard kitchen.
As ever we had to do some finishing off in the wall remodelling department. The West wall (behind the sink and stove) was a mix of materials. At the top it was plaster board glued to the lath and plaster. Below this it was plasterboard glued to 3mm random groove plywood. We decided it should come off, move some power points and re-plasterboard. This of course led to more plastering of joints, more sanding, more dust etc.
The main problem prior to the redesign was that the bench space was zero between the stove and the sink with no bench space for dishes etc. The stove would end up covered in dirty dishes. To alleviate that problem I cut one of the kitchen units in half. One side was four drawers. This stayed where it was to the left of the stove. The other half, a cupboard, was moved to the other side of the stove. The sink was shifted along to the right by approx 250mm. Once all this was done Michael Thomson from Tasmanian Sculptural Furniture came back and measured up. We wanted a full height cupboard on the left hand end of the bench that could take the microwave and a slide out bench for the kettle & toaster. Next to this we have added a narrow cupboard which will have slides in it to hold brooms and assorted cleaning stuff. At the other end we extended the bench down to the dining area window with an arced shelf unitat the end.. The last cupboard would have two heavy duty slide out shelves for saucepans and other heavy stuff.
There was still quite a lot of timber left from the initial build. small slabs of blackwood, myrtle, huon, and kaurie pine. However there was not any long lengths needed for the sink bench. My mate Lee came to the rescue with some assorted lengths of hardwood including some red gum. All were grey and weathered but under Michaels tender care came up a treat.
The doors were given the same treatment as the other half of the kitchen using zincalume miniorb for the infill.
It has now been fitted into the kitchen and looks great. The bench has been treated with Livos countertop oil a natural finish that withstands heat up to 50 degrees. It needs a final sand and one more coat of Livos We have just bought the handles from SUPPLY on the Don Road in Devonport. They are wholesalers of kitchen benchtops, doors, handles, locks, rangehoods, anything to do with the building of kitchens in fact.